[Arm-netbook] Help, ARM with video composite input ?

Roman Mamedov rm at romanrm.ru
Tue Feb 19 04:09:21 GMT 2013

On Tue, 19 Feb 2013 03:46:08 +0100
Pedro <pederindi at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi,
> I'm looking for a single-board [1] that can make:
> * input / output of composite video (analog)
> * input / output of analog audio
> (doesn't matter if only one jack or two, i.e. could be a input/output connector)
> The capabilities of the CPU & GPU would be to encode and decode at
> real time ~MPEG2 (DVD quality)
> input / output of analog audio it's easy (a lot of single boards have it)
> the difficult feature is the input at composite video (analog) !
> I only found this:
> http://www.empowertechnologies.com/sbc644x.html
> but it's really expensive (~700$)
> For solve this problem i'm thinking to search for "capture video card"
> cheap and compatible with GNU/Linux, but this is difficult also :(
> I see that single boards (or single board + capture video card) cost
> between ~50$ to ~300$

You can use an USB "EasyCAP" adapter with any ARM board that has USB for input.
It costs $10 on Dealextreme, perhaps $7 or so on Aliexpress.
However in my limited testing the video quality was not too great.

Alternatively you can use some USB TV tuner from a "brand" name like Aver or
Pinacle, probably will have a better video quality; but google around to check
the state of their GNU/Linux support beforehand.

For output you can use a board that has composite video output natively, such
as an A10 board or the Raspberry Pi.

With respect,
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